Understanding the Scriptures
|Grieved (v. 2)||Upset, offended|
|Kindred (v. 6)||Family|
|Impotent (v. 9)||Lame|
|Conferred (v. 15)||Talked, discussed|
|Straitly (v. 17)||Directly, plainly|
|Great grace (v. 33)||Power from heaven (see Bible Dictionary, “grace,” p. 697)|
Acts 4:1–3—Why Were the Priests and the Sadducees So Upset?
Men such as Annas and Caiaphas were Sadducees, a group that controlled the temple. They did not believe in the Resurrection and did not like Peter teaching about the Resurrection of Christ. They, with other Jewish leaders and the Romans, crucified Christ for His teachings and thought that would be the end of Christianity. The priests, the Sadducees, and many other groups of people were very upset when the Apostles continued teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Studying the Scriptures
Do one of the following activities (A–C) as you study Acts 4.
Apostles Arrested for Healing and Teaching
Imagine you were with Peter and John when they healed the lame man (see Acts 3:1–11) and when they were arrested (see Acts 4:1–30). Suppose you had a friend in another city who had not heard about what happened. Write a letter to that friend and try to explain it. Be sure to include the following details:
The age of the lame man who was healed
Why the priests and Sadducees were so upset
The question the high priest asked Peter
How Peter handled the trial
What they told Peter and John to do and how the Apostles responded
How you feel about what happened
In Your Own Words
Peter bore powerful testimony of Jesus Christ even though he knew it might mean he would be put to death. Rewrite Acts 4:8–12, being careful to keep Peter’s original meaning.
They Had “All Things Common” among Them
Acts 4:31–37 is a look at life in the early Church. The members were “of one heart and of one soul: … they had all things common” (Acts 4:32; see also Acts 2:42–47; “Understanding the Scriptures” section for Acts 2:44, p. 95). Read Acts 4:31–37 and answer the following questions in your notebook:
What qualities did those early Saints possess that made it possible for them to share all that they had with one another?
What blessings did those people enjoy because of their dedication and faith?
Who was in charge of passing out the money and property the Saints contributed?
What do we do in the Church today that can help us prepare to live the law of consecration?
How would you feel if the members of the Church in your area were called to live this way?